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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,491 ratings  ·  176 reviews
This award-winning graphic novel re-imagines the story Pinocchio as a noir fairy tale both comic and tragic. In this dark rendition, a greedy Geppetto builds Pinocchio as a metallic weapon of war, while Jiminy Cockroach is a homeless squatter living the good life in Pinocchio's skull. Critically acclaimed, Pinocchio won the Grand Prize at France's Angouleme comics festival ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 28th 2008 by Les Requins Marteaux (first published 2003)
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Jan Philipzig
Post-Disney Goodness

Whoa – we have a superstar on our hands!! Or at least a comic-book superstar… well, or at least a cartoonist who should be a comic-book superstar if it wasn't for the market being what it is… Anyway, his name is: Winshluss. Okay, it may not sound like much, but most of us comic and film buffs already admired Winshluss’ work when we watched Persepolis, the widely acclaimed animated feature Winshluss aka Vincent Paronnaud co-wrote and co-directed with Marjane Satrapi.

Yet Winshl
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The other day, at a reading of my novel, Heraclix & Pomp, I was approached by a reader who asked if the book was a children's book. My response was "only if you want to traumatize the child".

I'd like to repeat that same warning about Winshluss's Pinocchio this is not, Not, NOT a children's book! Au contraire, it is very much an adult book. Do not let children crack its pages, as their innocence will flee and never come back. Clear? OK.

This is a corruption clever re-telling of the horrors of the
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

One of the most highly-praised BDs of the millennium, Winshluss's Pinocchio is a very dark modern updating of the classic children's story, in which a robotic Pinocchio goes on an odyssey through an absurd and horrific wasteland. I always found Collodi's story quite disturbing, indeed upsetting, so to me this interpretation makes perfect sense, but it can be an uncomfortable read.

Winshluss's art is remarkable, combining one-page strips in an "underground comix" style, wordless graphite-shaded se
Dave Schaafsma
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great discovery, thanks to Andrew and Jan and others whose reviews encouraged me to seek it out. See their more elaborate and smarter reviews about it. A kind of dark adaptation of Pinocchio, for postmodernists and darker days. About creation, and the joys and perils of invention. And various clashing styles of art, carefully designed and beautifully captured in this large format hardcover. An impressive artist, whom Jan reminds me was the co-creator with Marjane Satrapi of the animated movie ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Yes it is pretty cynical, but that is the only valid criticism that anyone can use against this amazing book. I have read a lot of graphic novels, but for the moment, this one is my favorite. The author's art style is beyond reproach, it is simply amazing. In my understanding, the majority of the work is supposed to be reminiscent of a 1920's or 1930's cartoon, maybe something published in a newspaper (George Herriman as a possible template), with a scratchy, simplified feel and a limited color ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-this, comics
This was a surprise.

It's impeccably crafted. The art is fantastic and varies. There's sub-plots that at first seem to be simply humorous diversions from the core story, but end up getting tied into the main plot in a meaningful way.

I haven't read anything else by this creator - I haven't been able to find anything else - and I'd love to read so much more.

I would have rather the author not have adapted Pinocchio, but have done his own fully original story instead,as I felt the Pinocchio tie-in
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Wow... Ummm.... There was a lot more rape than I was expecting.
Madeleine Knutsson
What the actual fuck?!
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Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovel
one of the best graphic novels i have ever read
and i can easily say that Winshluss is the best Illustrator i have ever had the pleasure to experience his Legendary Art.
not the best writer so but its a god dam good story it is.
so here is the deal you will see Pinocchio's name and you will think this is your normal sweet Pinocchio story with a twist but no this is a whole different kind of story telling its chaotic its dark its profound its for adults only so don't get impressed by the look of th
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I'm a massive fan of the old puppet son tale, and like my pretty comics so this was a no brainer for me. First off, the book is great quality, nice printed images on paper as thick as cereal box cardboard. Or maybe thinner. And the hardback edition comes with some nice shiny foil decals, this really is one of those books it feels good to hold. Once you start reading it, or staring at each panel for minutes at a time as I did, your little socks will be blown away by Winshluss' artwork, dark, chao ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was friggin AMAZING!

So much conveyed thru the images using text when only necessary.
OK, so it isn't a classic adaptation of the Pinocchio tale we'd all grown to love as children. But this re-interpretation is positively genius! I loved the way the artist would weave together parts of his story that seemed, at first, completely un-related but would in fact become pivotal parts of the story. More than once I found myself going back a few chapters to get a piece of the story that I'd at first,
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Wow, just wow. Dark doesn't begin to describe this story, Disney would be rolling over in his grave with the appearance of Snow White and her sadistic seven dwarfs and a voyeuristic Bambi look-a-like.

If you want an overly gory, violent, scary version of Pinocchio full of sexual deviants and slaughtered children then this is the story for you!

I'm assuming that the author was trying to say something deep and meaningful about life and society but whatever it was I missed it. The Jiminy Cockroach su
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: european-comics
This comic book is absolutely phenomenal. Cynical, dark, deeply disturbing, brutally realistic and beautifully atmospheric. Winshluss's rendition of Collodi's classic tale is simply a masterpiece of the 9th art. Without speech bubbles on the biggest part of the album, Winshluss manages to tell his story in a more complete way through his superb drawing and the masterful coloring by Cizo.

Pinocchio, along with Jolies Tenebres by Vehlmann and Peter Pan by Loisel, belong to this really enjoyable ge
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
... merges Deitch's ease in cross-cutting between embedded and overlapping realities with a dirty, seam-bursting cartoon style reminiscent of Tony Millionaire and Milt Gross. Pinocchio won me with its furious page-to-page and panel-to-panel momentum, its perfect comedic timing, and its repeated backpedalling to pick up previous story threads and sew them into one surprising pair of pants. Geppetto is a profit-minded inventor; Pinocchio is a robot with potential military applications and no m ...more
George Marshall
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A delight from end to end. Winshluss has absorbed and can draw perfectly in classic cartooning style (with some of the best colouring I have seen in comics) - but this then becomes the vehicle for his clever, dark and sometimes very funny distortions of the familiar stories. He takes the sanitised Disney stories, subeverts then and returns them to their violent sexually charged roots in folk mythology. This book is a vindication of everything that is exciting and entertaining in the comics mediu ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
At first glance not the kind of art I'd immediately go for, and the story and tone are both pretty dark, but I'm pretty entertained, and I'm actually pretty inspired by the variety of art and styles. visually it can be a little chaotic, but there's something to that I like.. ...more
This book should come with MAJOR trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault. Yes, the style is great and the illustrations fantastic, but it's pretty much reveling in utter vileness and not the sort of thing I wanted to introduce into my brainscape this week. ...more
Tyler Kroon
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dark, macabre, steampunk retelling of Pinocchio, with a few other fairy tale cameos peppered in. Stunning illustrations in multiple different styles/mediums throughout, this is an immensely impressive work.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is an impressive work that I did not enjoy.
Gabriel Tiedt Lange
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark, but also supper fun! Both great artwork and good writing.
Ben Labe
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hoping for a lucrative military contract, the inventor Geppetto constructs a small boy sized robot with a long nose that doubles as a destructive flamethrower in this grisly and darkly humorous graphic novel, “very freely adapted from the eponymous novel by Carlo Collodi.” In this version the robot has none of the original wooden boy’s energetic curiosity. Throughout the book this Pinocchio remains the passive slave of whatever evil tasks that his current human masters impose. And there’re plent ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This is a tremendously good graphic novel (aka comic book) that you shouldn't miss if you are a lover of comics. Winshluss tells his story primarily in pictures (you won't see many word balloons). And what pictures they are! The art is nightmarish, erotic, atmospheric, and versatile.

The plot is convoluted and darkly humorous, and everything comes together in the end. This is definitely not a book for kids -- there's far too much violence and eroticism. And it's no mere retelling of Collodi's ori
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a really interesting graphic novel. First of all the graphic part is just stunning. There are a few points of view in this book and each point of view is drawn in a completely different style which shows how talented the author is and that he can really draw amazingly. The coloring is also great - the book is filled with colors and the shades are well-matched to the specific parts of the story.
And secondly there is the plot. This is not your typical Pinocchio tale about a wooden boy who
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am going to have to disagree with most of the other reviewers here and say that this book was so-so. The art was wonderful and varied, but the story left me underwhelmed. There was really nothing new or revelatory here. I have seen so many modernized fairy tales, cynical re-tellings of classic stories, and "shocking" uses of cherished characters that this did not stand out at all. I think another thing that bothered me about this story was that it was not really about Pinocchio, it was about a ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Unlike the Pinocchio story I've known, this one is about a robot boy/sex machine/killer, has a giant mutated fish, and sadomasochistic seven dwarves...if all the dwarves were named Rape-y. The artwork is also amazingly awesome. Seriously fucked up and really great. ...more
Tommy Colombo
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best if not The Best graphic classic story out there, 99% wordless dark twist on Pinocchio with quick changes of style from one chapter to another, since I read it few months ago I keep picking it up, some page drawings are a story on their own right.
Loooooove it!
Titus Bird
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I just thoroughly enjoy something, and it’s hard for me to pin down why.

The obvious thing to point to with this comic is the art. Winshluss employs a number of radically different styles and techniques: from fully painted splash pages to sections in a very rough, black-and-white underground style. The visuals always fit perfectly with the story, and every single page looks superb. Moreover, the cartooning is simply masterful: in the frequent textless passages, the images are so express
Oliver Bateman
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this is one of those comics in which you get as close to the heart of the medium as you can possibly get.

in my teens, i thought alan moore/dave gibbons had taken us there. they didn't. writer/artist collaborations are inherently weaker, even that one, which is looking more risible & cliche with each passing decade (but only because others have borrowed so liberally from it).

later, i thought that r. crumb and chris ware had done it. and maybe they did, but the former never produced a single magnu
Soooooo daaaarrrkkkk. Never thought a re-telling could be this dark and complicated. I like how the author doesn't only focus on Pinocchio but also the people surround him, and people who might encounter with him in the future. It also reminds me of a creepy pasta's story about sheer of possibilities.

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Vincent Paronnaud (born 1970), a.k.a. Winshluss, is a French comics artist and filmmaker.
Paronnaud was born in La Rochelle. He is best known for cowriting and codirecting with Marjane Satrapi the highly acclaimed animated film Persepolis (2007), for which they received numerous awards including the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival[1] as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Anima

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